- 1 to decide that someone or something is not important and not worth thinking or talking about synonym wave aside dismiss somebody/something I think we can safely dismiss their objections. dismiss somebody/something as something Vegetarians are no longer dismissed as eccentrics. He dismissed the opinion polls as worthless. The suggestion should not be dismissed out of hand (= without thinking about it).
- 2to put thoughts or feelings out of your mind dismiss something Dismissing her fears, she climbed higher. dismiss somebody/something from something He dismissed her from his mind.
- 3 dismiss somebody (from something) (formal) to officially remove someone from their job synonym fire She claims she was unfairly dismissed from her post.
- 4dismiss somebody to send someone away or allow them to leave At 12 o'clock the class was dismissed.
- 5dismiss something (law) to say that a trial or legal case should not continue, usually because there is not enough evidence The case was dismissed.
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NAmE//dɪsˈmɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dismiss
he / she / it dismisses
past simple dismissed
-ing form dismissing